Employers who discriminate against employees often do so by directly harassing employees, creating a hostile work environment, or by basing hiring or firing decisions on discriminatory motives. In order to understand employee protections against discrimination it is important to understand who is protected under the law.

Discrimination based on being a member of a "protected class" is against the law. The law recognizes discrimination based on the following characteristics as being prohibited by the law:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Ancestry
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marital status
  • Pregnancy
  • Physical and mental disability
  • Age
  • Religion

California Law and Federal Law Protects Employees from Discriminatory Practices

Employers that are found to engage in illegal discrimination may be liable for damages based on past and future lost wages, court ordered reinstatement or promotion, remedial action against the employer to take measures to eliminate the risk of discrimination unlimited compensatory, punitive damages, and attorneys' fees.

If you believe that you have been the victim of employment discrimination, contact The Law Office of Robert L. Starr for a free, confidential case evaluation.